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Invited Commentary
February 22, 2010

Reducing Preventable Harm: Comment on “Clinical and Economic Outcomes Attributable to Health Care–Associated Sepsis and Pneumonia”

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Departments of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care (Dr Murphy) and Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine (Dr Pronovost), The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland.

Arch Intern Med. 2010;170(4):353-355. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2009.504

The Institute of Medicine shocked the nation in 1999 by reporting that 98 000 people die of preventable harm each year in the United States alone.1 Since then, other countries have documented that a substantial number of people experience preventable harm.2

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